COVID-19 vaccination rates for P.E.I. children lag, but province still ahead of national average – CBC

CPHO and province to work on immunization campaign

May 31, 2022

COVID-19 vaccination rates on P.E.I. are among the highest across the country — with 94 per cent of people over 12 now fully vaccinated.

But when it comes to those aged five to 11, that rate falls.

According to the province’s vaccination data, as of May 22, 54 per cent of children aged five to 11 were fully vaccinated and 68 per cent had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines have been available for children in that age group since last November. Since then, the province has been operating vaccination clinics specifically for children aged five to 11 across the Island.

So why then does vaccine uptake within this age group seem to be lagging behind?

According to P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, COVID-19 infections may have something to do with it.

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